Hi all, first post here on ET forum I`m currently looking for a new broker to trade stocks with and like many others i`m still under the PDT rule. Right now i`m using Zecco & Thinkorswim and even with two different brokers i still find it very hard to make my trading strategy work with this rule. So i read on some other board about a guy who switched from his retail broker to a prop firm instead, namely Broad Street trading and he also recommended to open an account with them in order to get around the PDT rule. I was totally new to prop firms before reading this and after doing some research on the subject i understand that you can actually open a trading account with as little as $5k and NOT have to worry about the PDT rule. So this brings some more questions that i hope anyone here can help me answer. 1. Can anyone just open an account with a prop firm or does it come with some sort of a test to show them just how experienced you are with trading? The reason i ask this is because if anyone could just switch from retail to prop it would be to simple avoiding the PDT rule, so where`s the catch & what expectations will there be on me as a trader? 2. When you trade with a prop firm, can you simply trade with the capitial that you initally deposited when you opened the account and never use the leverage they offer? Or does it come with a expectation that u use leverage in order to take larger positions? 3. Do the prop firm monitor my trades and will other traders be able to see my trades/positions? 4. Will my captial be locked up for a certain time if trading prop? I think i read somewhere that someone complained that his capital was locked up for a year and he couldn`t touch it until then. Does this go for all prop firms or just some? 5. Do the prop educate their new traders/customers for free or does this come as a extra cost if i want that? Would appreciate it very much if anyone could help me answer these questions.